Whilst holistic approaches to mental health enable profound changes, they can lack the therapeutic reflection needed to consciously integrate these changes long-term. With traditional psychotherapy usually the reverse applies. I always sought a bridge between the two.
Originally I was drawn to Reiki after experiencing it as a profound contributor to my own mental, emotional and spiritual well-being and I underwent some training in this area, conducting Reiki healing in mental health charities and the NHS. I then went on to study energy healing in-depth at the School of Intuition and Healing in London for two years. However something was missing for me; a robust understanding of how our formative experience shapes our day-to-day relational reality, regardless of spiritual ability and awareness.
I thus embarked on training as a counsellor and went on to do a four year Masters in Integrative Psychotherapy, whilst continuing to study energy-based approaches including regression therapy, yoga and aspects of shamanic practice. It often felt like I was occupying disparate worlds but the more clients I saw the more these worlds came together in the form of my own therapeutic approach.
This approach has been many years in the making, shaped by my own therapeutic journey, the hundreds of clients I have worked with, ongoing training and supervision and an understanding of what works and what doesn’t work - both for me as a practitioner and for the people who seek my help.
In addition to working individually with clients, I lead therapeutic workshops, retreats and have an ongoing interest in working with groups in general. My experience of both facilitating and being in groups is that they hold a healing potential for all participants when harnessed therapeutically. This always seems to be intensified when individuals come together in nature and I will be facilitating on an immersive nature-based therapeutic retreat later in 2020.
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My qualifications and training
I hold a Masters Degree and an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling from The Minster Centre, one of the oldest and most respected integrative training courses in the UK, where I began training in 2009.
I conducted my Masters research project into the therapeutic benefits of shamanic journeying as experienced by clients for my MA certification. I have worked as a therapist for some years both in private practice and in Transport for London’s Trauma Service, where I specialised in working short-term with trauma as a staff counsellor.
I am an accredited energy healer with the British Alliance of Healing Associations (BAHA) after training for three years at the School of Intuition and Healing in 2010. Before this I trained as a Reiki practitioner in 2007 and volunteered in this capacity in a number of settings including mental health charities and the NHS.
I qualified as a Yoga Therapist with the Minded Institute in 2011, undergoing a 500 hour training course which combined neuroscientific understanding of mind-body relatedness, yoga asanas and mindfulness.
I hold a Diploma in Regression Therapy from the UK Regression Academy where I began training in 2013 and an Advanced Certificate in Hypnotherapy. The Regression Academy is accredited by the International Board of Regression Therapy (IBRT) and the General Hypnosis Standards Council (GHSC).
I embarked on year-long training with Medicine Woman, Medicine Ways in 2016, where I completed a practitioner development training in Shamanic Healing and Soul Retrieval. I am part of a shamanic drumming circle and my study is ongoing.
I recently completed a Bodylistening training run by the Brighton School of Embodied therapy in 2019 - a six month training in body psychotherapy principles.